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Featuring a new cocktail, its recipe and a brief history of the popular drink!

February 14, 2020 featured cocktail...

Directions:

Pour ice and water in a tall cocktail serving glass. Pour ingredients: white rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice and brown sugar (melted/liquified, if possible) in a blender.  Add ice (the amount of ice should stack up to the top of the ingredients in the blender for a perfect consistency).  Blend, blend and blend some more.  At least one minute or until smooth. Cut a slit in the pineapple avoiding the outer layer of the pineapples shell.  Put one or two cherries on a toothpick, then pierce the outer shell of the pineapple with the toothpick.  Pour the ice water out of the glass.  Pour the Pina Colada mixture into the cold glass and garnish with pineapple/cherry toothpick.  Umbrella optional.

Non-Alcoholic

Keep the above recipe but substitute 1 oz. ginger ale or Red Bull® in place of White rum. 

History

Like many popular drinks, there are numerous accounts as to the origin of the Pina Colada recipe.  The most common is that a bartender, Ramon "Monchito" Marrero working for the Caribe Hilton Beachcomber Bar Hotel located in San Juan Puerto Rico, created the drink in 1954.  It is said that the well known Caribbean hotel, popular with the Hollywood Socialites, instructed Mr. Marrero to develop a new Signature Drink.   Within a few short months he created what is now called the Pina Colada.  The bartender developed the famous drink with ingredients and  that he felt captured the spirit and essence of Puerto Rico.    

Puerto Rico also celebrates the Caribe Hilton as the origin of the recipe, making it official in 2004 with a Proclamation by then Governor, Sila M. Calderon commemorating the drinks 50th anniversary. National Pina Colada Day is celebrated in the Caribbean on July 10.

Proclaimed Puerto Rico's official drink in 1978, it's translation in Spanish literally means "strained pineapple". "Pina Colada" sounds so much better! 


"If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain..."

The famed Pina Colada song by Rupert Holmes, "Escape" came out in the late 70's and hit #1 in December 1979.  The song is about a man who was getting tired of his "lady" because "..they had fallen into the same old dull routine".  He responds to an ad in the paper placed by a woman who seeks a man who, as per her requirements, he must like Pina Coladas, shouldn't be into yoga and should have half a brain.  After writing his response to the paper, he meets her, only to find it's his "own lovely lady".  They then profess to each other, they never knew they each liked Pina Coladas...


Other accounts of the origins of the drink include a Puerto Rican Pirate in the 19th Century, Roberto Cofresi.  Supposedly he created the drink to improve his crew's morale. The recipe was thought to be lost upon his death in the early 1820's.

A Puerto Rican restaurant named Barrachina claims Don Ramon Portas Mingot, an author of cocktail books and experienced bartender created the drink in 1963.

Ricardo Garcia for the Caribe Hilton Hotel also claims credit in 1954 for the famous drink when he needed a substitute for the fresh sliced coconut used for serving the famous Coco Loco drink to all guests of the hotel.  Supposedly, due to a possible union strike he was out of coconuts and used a fresh, cored pineapple with the top cut off to serve the drink.  Upon doing so, he realized the flavor of the pineapple could be the start of a new drink.  He began to experiment with strained pineapple (hence the name) and the drink was conceived.  

Next featured cocktail is the Mai Tai!

Last featured cocktail was the Mojito!

As always drink responsibly or try the non-alcoholic versions!

The best times in life aren't spent worrying over the past. The best times are spent living in the moment. Life is about those great times with friends and family. It's those days we spend making great memories that we cherish for a lifetime. So, get out there and enjoy the season! Just don't overdo it. Make or order this featured cocktail with or without alcohol as a perfect accent to a holiday event or a night out on the town with some family or friends!

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RECIPE IMAGES COURTESY PIXABAY

Reference Wikipedia and New World Review.

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